Russell Butterbach, 88, passed away on Monday after a short battle with leukemia. He was born in Joliet, IL and was a WW II veteran who enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 8, 1941. He served in North Africa and Italy until the end of the war.
Russell was a man with an enthusiastic and positive view of life that was contagious to those around him. He was a dedicated police officer and retired from the Solano County Sheriff's Office in 1976 after 16 years of duty. He enjoyed a long and happy retirement that included golfing, singing, playing the drums and piano, flying his son-in-law's airplane and making friends wherever he went. Most recently he appeared as a technical consultant on the Director's Cut of the Zodiac movie discussing his involvement in the case.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Hope Butterbach; daughters Sharon Downey, Karen Eckerson and Debra McClanahan; son-in-law, Dean Eckerson; grandchildren Tracy Porten, Russell Miller, Mark Downey and Andrew Dussell; and great-grandchildren Theodore and Contessa Porten, Ethan Dussell, and Riley Miller.
A private memorial is planned for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Kaiser Hospice, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo are appreciated.